A little known patent licensing company called, Smartflash, has won its recent court battle against Apple. In a federal jury trial at the Tyler Texas court, Apple has been ordered to make a $532.9 million payout to the Texas-based patent licensing company. 

The crux of the case leans on digital rights management (DRM) and data storage and payment systems that Smartflash claims were ripped-off by Apple on its iTunes platform. Smartflash who reportedly filed the patent for these systems back in 2000, sat quietly on the alleged infringement until 2013 when it first filed its lawsuit. Lawyers representing Smartflash argued that Apple did not "respect" its inventions.

Apple is appealing the ruling and plans to take the fight further up the judicial ladder: "Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no US presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented," Apple said in a statement. "We refused to pay off this company for the ideas our employees spent years innovating and unfortunately we have been left with no choice but to take this fight up through the court system. We rely on the patent system to protect real innovation and this case is one more example of why we feel so strongly Congress should enact meaningful patent reform."